Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Swinging away

Gotta break outta my recent slump with these entries; not sure how I'm gonna do it or if I'll succeed, but here goes...

1. Read this article. Comment on it. I'm interested in what you have to say. Seriously.

2. Sox got rained out tonight, which is too bad. But so far we're 1-0 on the year vs. Johnny Demon and his minions, which is the only record I care about to be honest. That leaves 18 more regular season games versus the Bronx Bungholes, and if we went 19-0 againt those clowns while losing the other 143 games, well, I'd be fine with that. OK, probably not, but it would likely be enough ammo to keep their fans quiet, which is half of my battle in life.

3. Stanford 10K. Fast, fast, fast. Not American-record fast, but when was the last time you saw three Americans in the same race around 27:30 on domestic soil? I'm not sure myself to be honest, but I believe it's been a while. A long while at that. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong.

4. I just saw on the news that there's a new musical in Boston replaying the whole Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan fiasco/saga from many years back. It's mildly amusing but overly pathetic, sad and disturbing at the same time. Not to mention grossly outdated and seemingly pointless, which leads me to ask, why?

5. Back to the Stanford 10K. Did I mention that I was impressed? That Webb guy sure has some range. Not a bad 25-lap debut. It will be interesting to see if he sticks with the 1,500 or moves up to the five this summer. Personally, I'd like to see him focus on the 'ol 12-1/2 lapper and take a crack at King Bob's American record. I think he's got a damn good shot. Mottram's run mid-12:50s and I think him and Alan are pretty comparable at this point. Just my two cents.

And let's not forget about Ritz. From what I understand, he led a bulk of the way on Sunday night. This guy's an aerobic monster - the longer he goes, the tougher he's gonna be to beat. I think he's got a shot at possibly going under 27:20 later this year, but I'm not sure if he's got an American Record up his sleeves just yet. Not that my opinion matters, but hopefully he proves me wrong.

Last, but certainly not least, Fam the man had a helluva debut for himself as well. I don't think anyone saw this one coming, perhaps not even the man himself. Then again, I don't know for sure, but I do know that he opened more than a few eyes with his 27:37. I can't help but wonder if this was the beginning of the end of his love affair with the steeplechase or what. If he's gonna move up to some longer flat races though, 27:37 isn't a bad place to start.

6. Everyone take cover and watch out for remnants of broken records being shattered at a dizzying pace by the trackies over at Stonehill College. Personally, I lost another one this past weekend, as super sophomore David Metzger had a rough night at the Penn Relays on Thursday and still managed to slip under my old 5K mark with a time of 15:09. Just so you know, he ran 14:37 indoors this past winter, so that sucker is going way down sooner than later. Trust me. Also, sophomore stud #2, Keith Gill, who actually broke my 1,500 record by .2 a couple weeks back, brought that mark down to 3:52 and some change at Brown on Sunday, taking a full two seconds off the 3:54.48 I ran as a sophomore. On the women's side, Dana D. broke through in the 1,500 at Brown, popping off a 4:38 (a school record by 2 seconds) to provisionally qualify for NCAA's. Girl is rolllllllling. On the whole, these kids just keep raising the bar and dropping times like it's going out of style. It's great to see. And as always, KcoachB is doing a helluva job.

Anyways, that's all I got. Take it easy.

Quote of the day:

He eats and runs, that's all.
- Article about Budhia Singh. Read it.


Bart said...

I think it's ridiculous to allow a child to run this much. Even if you ignore the risk of injury from so much running at a preschool age, I believe his overall physical development would be improved by exposure to other sports. Right now he's a sideshow act. I don't believe that his 40-mile run is an indication that he is destined to be a champion runner. One last thing, in addition to running and eating, is there any chance that he attends school?

"The Orissa state government says it is keeping a close watch on Budhia and his coach and will step in if anyone misuses the boy." - Where was the Orissa state government when his mother sold him?


ryan said...

They should up his mileage. He is obviously coddled too much with all the attention and protection from his coaches, government, and family. He did not even finish the training run laid out for him. Seriously, 40 mile runs are for 3 yr. olds.

Mario said...

I figure if he follows the 10% rule, he'll be up to 500 mile weeks by the age of 14, which will set him up nicely to take gold in every distance event at the 2016 Olympics. If he doesn't break 12 minutes in the 5K, 25 in the 10 and 2 hours in the marathon, he's a failure in my eyes.

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